Edward (Eddie) James Rowe
Sport: Hockey: Year Inducted: 1982
Edward “Eddie” James Rowe’s hockey career started in the Cornwall OCOT program; he became an immediate star in minor hockey, baseball, and softball.
In 1952-53, he was a member of the Canadian Legion Junior Hockey Team that won the City and Ottawa District Championship. He won the scoring Championship and the Most Valuable Player award.
Eddie entered Clarkson College, in Potsdam, in the fall of 1953 on a hockey scholarship; he played his first season on the Freshman team and the next 3 years on the Varsity squad.
In his sophomore year, he was the 2nd highest scorer in all of American College Hockey; he was selected to All East, All Tri-State teams, and honourable mention for the All American team. In his junior year at Clarkson, he accomplished the rare feat of going through the entire season undefeated. Eddie again led the team in scoring and was selected to the All East, All Tri-State, and the All American team.
In his senior year at Clarkson, his team advanced to the American College finals in Colorado and won the Consolation Championship against Harvard in the 4th period of overtime. He again was selected to the All-East, Tri-State and All American Teams.
In his senior year, he was elected Captain and at the graduation ceremonies, he received the Paul Pilon Memorial Award for leadership and achievement at Clarkson. He set scoring records at Clarkson which stood from 1957 to 1977 when they were broken by Dave Taylor, who later became an All-Star right winger of the Los Angeles Kings.
Eddie entered in the Clarkson University Hall of Fame in its inaugural year.
After graduation, Eddie moved to Peterborough where he took on a job but continued to be involved with hockey.
He played Intermediate A for several years, coached Midget All Stars to 4 OMHA Championships, and served in every executive position in minor hockey for 10 years.
He was also the Manager and Assistant Coach of the Peterborough Jr. Lions who won a the Ontario & Canada Winter Games. Bob Gainey and Jim Jones were members of the team. Eddie became part owner and President of the Peterborough Petes and served on the Board of Governors of the Ontario Hockey League and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Hockey League.
In his younger days in Cornwall, Eddie also was a star in football.
Eddie died on June 21, 2010, at the age of 75.